‘Loki’ Top Show in Nearly Every Territory, According to New Global Streaming Original Chart

Disney+’s “Loki” was the top original streaming show in nearly every territory tracked June 7-20 in a global demand chart created under a new data agreement.

The new bi-monthly report, the Global Intelligence Tracker, is a collaboration between Whip Media and the Entertainment Globalization Association (EGA). The chart ranks the most viewed streaming original television series among U.S. viewers and highlights their corresponding performance in other key global streaming markets, showcasing how viewing varies by territory.

The EGA was founded in 2020 by Chris Fetner, formerly Netflix’s global director of postproduction partnerships and integrations.

The report is compiled utilizing Whip Media’s proprietary global panel of consumers who report what programs they follow and watch and, further, how they feel about those shows. The panel is made up of 17 million viewers in more than 170 countries and provides data on more than 4.5 million movie and TV episodes on 1,100 global platforms.

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“We know there is a global audience for content but as streaming platforms expand internationally, a barrier to entry still exists for many of their TV shows and localization has become more important than ever,” Chris Fetner, EGA managing director, said in a statement. “The Global Intelligence Tracker is the first report of its kind to identify where these barriers exist and provide actionable data to improve viewership. We’re excited to partner with Whip Media to provide this unique data to our members to help them share great stories around the world.”

“We’re thrilled to be working with Chris and the impressive membership of the EGA,” Carol Hanley, president of Whip Media, said in a statement. “By leveraging Whip Media’s extensive insights on how consumers watch and engage with programming on a country level, together we’re providing EGA members a new tool that will allow them to make smarter localization and licensing decisions for their content. The data will not only help them evaluate the demand for their content on a global basis but also see the demand for competitive content.”

At launch, the Global Intelligence Tracker will provide a list of the top 10 most viewed original TV series on leading U.S. streaming platforms and benchmark their viewership against countries in Eastern and Western Europe and Latin America, with additional markets coming soon. The Global Intelligence Tracker is available on the EGA and Whip Media websites and will be distributed through the EGA member newsletter.

Netflix Bowing 71 Feature-Length Movies in 2021

Netflix is going big on feature films in 2021. The SVOD behemoth is set to launch 71 movies this year, making good on its promise last October to launch at least one original movie per week to its 193 million global subscribers (through Sept. 30).

In a sizzle reel released Jan. 12, Netflix showcased snippets from original movies and acquisitions featuring stars such as Gal Gadot, Idris Elba, Regina King, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Melissa McCarthy, Halle Berry, Ryan Reynolds, Jason Momoa, Dwayne Johnson, Amy Adams, Chris Hemsworth and Lin-Manuel Miranda, among others.

Notable titles include heist actioner Red Notice with Gadot, Johnson, and Reynolds; The Harder They Fall, a Western drama with Elba, Jonathan Majors and King; The Woman in the Window with Adams; Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Tick, Tick … Boom!; and the comedy Don’t Look Up with Leonardo DiCaprio, Lawrence, Streep, Ariana Grande, Timothee Chalamet and Kid Cudi.

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Netflix action movies include Army of the Dead, Awake, Kate Outside the Wire and Sweet Girl. Horror titles include Fear Street Trilogy, No One Gets Out Alive, There’s Someone Inside Your House and Things Heard and Seen.

Netflix thrillers include Blood Red Sky, Beckett, Escape From Spiderhead, Intrusion, Munich, O2, Night Teeth, The Swarm, The Woman in the Window and the science-fiction release Stowaway.

Netflix romances include A Castle For Christmas, Fuimos Canciones, Kissing Booth 3, Love Hard, The Last Letter from Your Lover, The Princess Switch 3, To All the Boys: Always and Forever and an untitled Alicia Keys romcom.

Dramas are Beauty, Blonde, Bombay Rose, Bruised, Concrete Cowboy, Fever Dream, Malcolm & Marie (Feb. 5), Monster, Penguin Bloom (Jan. 27), Pieces of Woman (Jan. 7), The Dig (Jan. 29), The Guilty, The Hand of God, The Power of the Dog, The Starling and The White Tiger (Jan. 22).

Comedies are France’s 8 Rue de l’Humanité, Afterlife of the Party, Bad Trip, Double Dad, I Care a Lot (Feb. 19), Moxie (March 3), The Last, Mercenary and Thunder Force.

Family titles include A Boy Called Christmas, A Winter’s Tale from Shaun the Sheep, Back to the Outback, Finding ‘Ohana (Jan. 29), Loud House, Nightbooks, Robin Robin, Skater Girl, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans, Wish Dragon, Yes Day with Jennifer Garner (March 12) and the faith-based musical A Week Away.

Netflix Announces Two Production Facilities in South Korea

Netflix announced the establishment of two production facilities in Paju-si and Yeoncheon-gun, just outside of Seoul, in Gyeonggi Province, Korea.

At YCDSMC — Studio 139, the company will lease six stages and supporting spaces of approximately 9,000 square meters. At Samsung Studio, it will lease three stages of approximately 7,000 square meters.

From 2015 to 2020, Netflix’s investment in Korean content reached $700 million, with more than 80 shows made in Korea and watched by audiences around the world, according to the company. ​

“These two facilities are another important example of our continued commitment to investing in Korea’s creative ecosystem,” read a Netflix statement.

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Netflix is planning to support the production of upcoming Netflix Korean original series and films at the new spaces including the Korean adaptation of “La Casa de Papel.”

“Netflix is thrilled to deepen its investment in Korea, as well as Korean Films and Series,” Netflix VP of studio operations Amy Reinhard said in a statement. “With these new studios, Netflix is better positioned than ever to increase our production of great stories from Korea while also providing a wealth of production-related jobs for talented professionals in Korea’s creative community.”

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Members from the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Qatar, UAE, India and watched the recently released Netflix Korean original series “Sweet Home”; while Korean shows such as “Kingdom Season 2,” “The King: Eternal Monarch,” “Start-Up” and “It’s Okay to Not Be Okay” were amongst the most popular TV series in Hong Kong, Thailand, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan and beyond, according to the service.

Korean-made stories currently in production or development include “Move to Heaven,” “Kingdom: Ashin of the North,” “Silent Sea,” “Squid Game,” “Hellbound,” “All of Us are Dead” and “D.P.”

HBO Max Hires Trio of Execs for Original Scripted Drama

WarnerMedia’s impending SVOD service HBO Max, scheduled to launch in spring 2020, has tapped three executives to lead original scripted drama.

Joining the drama team are Roberto Alcantara, VP of drama; Chika Chukudebelu, VP of drama; and Mark Tuohy, VP of drama. All executives report to Joey Chavez, EVP of original drama, who oversees creative development.

(L-R): Robert Alcantara, Chika Chukudebelu and Mark Tuohy

“The premium drama bar is set high, and I have no doubt this talented team will deliver and be great creative partners to great creators,” Kevin Reilly, chief content officer, HBO Max, and president of TNT, TBS and truTV, said in a statement.

“We are proud to have a drama team that reflects a variety of voices, tastes and points of view,” Chavez said in a statement. “Bringing together the best people who come from studios, networks and various genres, gives us a great mix of backgrounds to tap into. It’s this collective of skills and diversity that will create the kind of signature dramas that will be unique to HBO Max.”

Alcantara most recently was VP of comedy development and programming, for FOX Entertainment, overseeing the development and production for the network’s comedy slate, including popular hits “Last Man Standing,” animated series “Bless the Harts” and talk/comedy show “What Just Happened??! With Fred Savage.”

Chukudebelu most recently was VP of development of NBCUniversal’s Universal Content Productions, where she was responsible for the development of cable and streaming television series, as well as actively engaging writing, directing and acting talent to mine potential collaboration opportunities for the boutique studio and portfolio of networks, including Peacock, USA, Netflix and Quibi.

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Tuohy recently served as VP of Creative Affairs for A+E Studios, where he developed scripted dramas including “Project Blue Book” for History and “Reprisal” for Hulu. He also worked for Fox International Channels as director of scripted entertainment, a role in which he helped develop “Outcast” for Fox International Channels and Cinemax.

The new hires join David Poynter, VP of drama, and Maura Feerick, director of drama, to comprise Chavez’s drama team.